Then Playing — Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser; Somewhere; Ladies in Retirement

Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (Charlotte Zwerin, 1988). This documentary was released during that strange stretch when Clint Eastwood admirably leveraged his considerable influence with Warner Bros. to get the studio to make movies about jazz. Eastwood serves as producer … Continue reading Then Playing — Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser; Somewhere; Ladies in Retirement

Top Fifty Films of the 00s — Number Thirty-Two

#32 — Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003) For all the time I spend pondering movies, I find I don’t often retain my specific first impressions, even when I feel very strongly about the film in question. For example, despite initial viewings that happened relatively more recently than most of the offerings on this list, I can’t tell you what my first thoughts were walking out of either last year’s best movie, Rachel Getting Married, or last year’s worst movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. So it’s personally noteworthy that I remember exactly what I thought when emerging from … Continue reading Top Fifty Films of the 00s — Number Thirty-Two